Seychelles-based crypto exchange OKX has announced its plans to expand its presence in Hong Kong by applying for virtual asset licenses under the new regulatory regime as well as Type 1 and 7 licenses under the Securities and Futures Ordinance.

It also plans to establish a Hong Kong entity for launching virtual asset services in the region.

OKX’s Hong Kong Expansion

According to the official blog post, OKX said it has been working for more than a year to meet Hong Kong’s new regulatory requirements that seek to govern virtual asset service providers (VASPs), which will come into effect in June this year.

As part of its expansion plans in the city-state, the crypto exchange will launch two entities –

  • Hong Kong Fintech Company Limited – involved in applying for licenses to operate a brokerage and exchange,
  • Hong Kong Custody Limited – involved in applying for a trust and company service provider (TSCP) license for holding assets.

OKX Managing Director of Global Institutional Lennix Lai believes that the new VASP regime created by the Hong Kong government is a “robust regulatory framework” and the right conditions for the region to become a world-leading virtual asset hub. He added: